Paris Travel Deals and Packages: Flights, Trains, and Special Passes
Planning a trip to Paris can be stressful, but not for lack of options. Paris is the world s top tourist destination and a major European air and rail hub, so travelers are virtually flooded with offers for flights, travel packages, and rail options to pick through. Click through for our advice, which should help you to make a well-informed and budget-compatible decision on getting to Paris and back.
Paris has two major international airports: Roissy-Charles de Gaulle and Orly.
- Roissy-Charles de Gaulle Airport is the second busiest airport in Europe after London Heathrow, with some 200,000 passengers moving through daily. Located about 15 miles northeast of central Paris, Charles de Gaulle airport offers quick and reliable ground transportation into Paris.
Charles de Gaulle Airport has three terminals or aerogares :
- Terminal 1: most non-Air France international flights, including United Airlines, Us Airways, Lufthansa, and Virgin Atlantic.
Orly Airport is smaller and several degrees less frenetic than Charles de Gaulle Airport. Hosting around 30 airlines, Orly handles mostly domestic and . MORE European flights. Located just 10 miles south of Paris, the airport has two terminals:
Both Paris airports offer above-average services and amenities , including world-class duty-free and luxury shopping, free shuttle services between terminals, a large selection of restaurants, lounges, and play areas for children. In addition, some terminals, including Terminal 2 at Charles de Gaulle, are free wireless internet hotspots.
Information by phone:
- Orly Ouest handles mostly domestic flights, including Air France.
- Orly Sud handles international and charter flights.
- Voice server (flight times in real-time)
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Paris-Orly : 01 49 75 15 15 (6 am to 11:45 PM)
Paris-CDG : 01 48 62 22 80 (24 hours a day)
Paris by Air: Carriers and Fares
Flying to Paris can prove expensive, but if you plan well ahead you can snag a good deal. As a general rule, reserve your tickets at least 3 months ahead of your travel date, and consider flying to Paris outside of the peak period (mid-May to September). In addition, connecting to Paris from London is often a cheaper way to get to the city of light. When flying from within Europe, choosing a low-cost carrier is smart as long as you re willing to forgo frills.
Carriers: What Company to Fly?
The following airlines provide regular service from major U.S. and Canadian cities to Paris:
For air travel to Paris from within continental Europe and the U.K., most of the companies listed above offer service to Paris from other major European cities. In addition, the following companies fly into Paris daily:
When . MORE planning your Parisian sojourn, booking a travel package that includes round-trip air fare, hotel stay, and perhaps other features like guided tours or restaurant vouchers can be a great money-saver. But before you get out your credit card, make sure to read the fine print and scour consumer reviews of the package you re considering buying– this will limit the risk of getting scammed, or just disappointed.
- Trip Advisor is a very useful site offering consumer reviews of Paris vacation packages. You can also book direct at the site for many properties.
- Epinions is also a great resource for making a decision on a travel package to Paris.
- Air France regularly offers special offers on flights and travel packages to Paris, particularly during holidays.
Trains to Paris: Stations, Fares, and Buying Tickets
If you re traveling to Paris from within continental Europe or from the U.K., getting there by train can be a great alternative to flying. For one thing, Europe counts more and more bullet trains (called TGV for high-speed train in France) that can cut rail travel time down by half. The Eurostar train connects London to Paris via the channel tunnel, or chunnel , making for a truly unforgettable experience. There s also the advantage of foregoing endless airport lines– not to mention getting a closer glimpse of the French or European countryside. Last, but not least, you ll be choosing a much more environmentally friendly mode of travel, and reducing your carbon footprint– something you can definitely feel good about even if you do end up spending a bit more money. If you have extra time and you re traveling to Paris from elsewhere in Europe, rail travel may be the right option for you.
Main Paris Train Stations
Paris has six major train stations . MORE serving both domestic and international destinations.
- Gare du Nord is the hub for trains traveling from the U.K., Northern France and Northern Europe. The Eurostar train arrives at Gare du Nord from London.
For rail fares, schedules, ticketing and reservations, visit the SNCF national rail company website .
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